The World Health Day will be observed on Thursday in the country as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of this year’s day is: "Make health choice every day, keep diabetes at bay" and the goal is to scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance.
Different organisations, including the Health and Family Welfare Ministry, have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day.
The programmes include discussions, seminars, blood test to control diabetics and screening of film on health issues.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim will inaugurate the national level programme at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city at 10am.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President underscored the need for creating awareness about diabetes and non-communicable diseases.
He urged the voluntary organisations and development partners to contribute further alongside the government in this regard.
Prime Minister, in her message, expressed the hope that the country's Vision-2021 and Vision 2041 in the health sector would be implemented with the cooperation of all concerned to materialise the dream of the Father of the Nation to build a 'Sonar Bangla.'The number of people with diabetes in Bangladesh stood at 7.1 million in 2015 putting it among top 10 countries in the world and it will hit 13.6 million by 2040 taking it to the 9th position globally, according to International Diabetes Federation.
Some 415 million people living with diabetes in the world and it will hit 642 million by 2040. And very unfortunate that one out of two patients living with diabetes does not know that he or she has diabetes.
The WHO is focusing this year’s World Health Day on diabetes because the diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing in many countries, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries.
A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable, the WHO said. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.
The WHO thinks diabetes is treatable and can be controlled and managed to prevent complications. Increasing access to diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment are vital components of the response.